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Family Separations Continue: “A Moral Stain on America” That Trump Administration Continues to Pursue

1,000 New Cases of Family Separation Revealed Since Trump Declared Separations Were Over Yesterday brought home more disturbing reminders that the Trump Administration’s horrific family separations policy continues to this day. By exploiting the “best interests of the child” provisions in the child separation litigation settlement and using the “Remain in Mexico program,” the Trump … Continue reading »

As Senate Republicans Seek To Roll Back Protections for Children in Detention, Democrats Move Forward With Basic, Minimal Standards for CBP Custody

H.R. 3239 provides “basic, common, human decency that is sorely lacking” Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark-up Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill to remove basic protections for children in U.S. immigration custody and allow the government to hold children beyond the court-mandated minimum period of 20 days.  This is in stark contrast to … Continue reading »

Reminders of What’s Real on Trump’s Immigration Failures: Deplorable Detention Conditions for Children; Continued Family Separations; Pervasive Fear Among Families

When it comes to immigration policy, sometimes we all need to close Twitter and ignore Trump’s ongoing bluster, threats, and pronouncements; skip past the White House palace intrigue stories about leaks and infighting; and stay focused on what’s real and happening in our name – the Trump team’s ongoing failure to responsibly deal with the … Continue reading »

WaPo Editorial: “Trump’s Family Separation 2.0 comes at a cost to immigrants and the government”

“So this is a policy of cruelty that would also cost the government.” After what seems like a laundry list of failed immigration and border policies, the Washington Post’s editorial board comments on the Trump administration’s latest “scheme” targeting immigrant families and children. Under Family Separation 2.0, immigrants who receive federal housing subsidies would be … Continue reading »

On Mother’s Day, Rallies Around Nation Protest Family Separation

During Mother’s Day yesterday, advocates in 24 cities across the nation took time out of their holiday to protest Trump’s family separation policy and reflect on all the mothers and children who are forced to be apart. “Today is not a good day, because I think of all the mothers who are in detention,” said … Continue reading »

Ahead of One-Year Anniversary, New Reports Reveal the Pervasive Trauma and Chaos of the Family Separation Policy

As we approach Monday’s one-year anniversary of the family separation scandal that grabbed the attention of the nation, new reports document the ongoing pervasiveness of the cruel, inhumane policy of taking children from their parents in a failed effort to deter Central American families from seeking safety in the U.S. As NBC’s Jacob Soboroff reported … Continue reading »

Poker Face: Trump Shows His Hand For Family Separation 2.0

President Trump is once again paving the way for a new form of family separation. Just days after Acting-DHS Chief Kevin McAleenan insisted that the policy was no longer on the table President Trump insisted on tipping his hand previewing the next step in Family separation 2.0.  On Sunday, he called Fox News and told … Continue reading »

Why a Reconstituted Family Separation Policy Remains Very Much on the Table for Trump Administration

As DHS’s McAleenan Denies Literal Reinstitution of Family Separation v1.0, Trump Administration Planning for Reconstituted v2.0 as Part of Unconscionable “Sophie’s Choice” Acting DHS Chief Kevin McAleenan yesterday told NBC News that “family separation is not on the table … we’re not pursuing that approach” while noting that “a better system, as I’ve said many … Continue reading »

Dark Times Ahead: The Trump Administration Gears Up for Family Separation 2.0 and Indefinite Detention

“These actions won’t solve the problem, but will create more chaos, confusion and condemnation” The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the news of Attorney General William Barr’s ruling to grant new legal authority to ICE to hold asylum-seekers in indefinite detention. While the dizzying array of … Continue reading »

Turning Back the Clock: Family Separation and What Could Come Next From President Trump and Stephen Miller

A link to the recording is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates gathered on a press call to discuss the potential fall out of the Trump administration doubling down on an unprecedented enforcement strategy and floating the idea of renewing family separation policies for families and children seeking asylum. Following Trump’s purge of … Continue reading »